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       Museum in Bangladesh


National Museum


Established as Dhaka Museum in 1913 A>D> It has been renamed as the National Museum and was shifted to its new building at Shahbag in 1983.

It is a four storied building and has forty galleries under four departments, namely, (1) Natural History (2) History and classical Art, (3) Ethnography and Decorative art and (4) Contemporary Art and Worlds Civilization. The museum contains large number of interesting collection including sculptures and paintings of the Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim periods. It also has rich collection of old coins, metal images, books on art, ivory and silver filigree works, textiles including the world famous muslin fabric, embroidered quilt (Nakshi Kantha), arms and ammunitions of the bygone warriors, varieties of fine handicrafts and models of the village and town life, Contemporary paintings and sculptures. Above all, the valuable articles of the heroic liberation war of Bangladesh are also there.

Open: Saturday-Wednesday, 10.00 a.m.-7.00 p.m. Thursday: Closed. Entrance

Fee: Taka. 5.00. Phone: 880-2-8619397-99.


Ethnological Museum :

The Ethnological Museum at Chittagong stands as a milestone in our national progress. It is a place where ample facilities have been provided to carry out ethnological research. This museum is recognized as one of the best-specialized museums in Southeast Asia. It houses objects of 12 different tribes of Bangladesh and also of many tribes of Australia, India and Pakistan.
Entrance fee: Adult Ta 1.00 and children 0.50. 

Archaeological Museums: 
Every place of archaeological importance houses a small archeological museum i.e. at Lalbagh Fort, Mahasthangarh, Paharpur and Mainamati. 
Admission fee to these museums is: Adult Ta 1.00 and children Ta 0.50 

Varendra Museum: 
Situated at Rajshahi. This museum has a rich collection of objects of Mohenjodaro and also of 16th to l9th century AD. This is devoted to the study of ancient history and culture. Its rich collections contain interesting objects of past Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim heritage. It is located at the heart of Rajshahi town and maintained by Rajshahi University authority. The year of its formal establishment is 1910. 

Ahsan Manzil Museum


On the bank of the river Buriganga in Dhaka the pink majestic Ahsan Manzil has been renovated and turned into a museum recently.  It is an example of the nations r cultural heritage. It was the home of the Nawab of Dhaka and a Silent

[spectator to many events.  Today's renovated Ahsan Manzil is a monument of immense historical beauty. It has 31 rooms with a huge dome atop which can be seen from miles around.  It now has 23 galleries displaying portraits, furniture and household articles and utensils used by the Nawab.


Folk Art Museum :

The Folk Art Museum was established in 1975 to fulfil the dream of the celebrated painter Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin. The museum has a very rich collection of folk objects of different materials and forms of aesthetic and utilitarian values. These undoubtedly reflect the sentiments, impulse, temperament, moods, idiosyncrasy, skill and expertise of the artists and artisans. It is a national institution, which represents traditional art heritage of Bangladesh, exhibiting objects of exceptional design and skill. 
Open: Saturday - Wednesday, 9.00 a.m - 5.00 p.m. 
Closed: Thursday, Friday & Govt. Holidays. 
Entrance: Free. 


Tribal Museum:

The only Tribal Cultural Museum in the Hill Tracts region was established at Rangamati town in 1978 and run by the Tribal Cultural Institute. It preserves valuable objects and articles of different tribes depicting their socio economic, cultural and historical tradition. These include typical tribal dresses, ornaments, arms and ammunitions, coins, statues made of wood, bronze and other metals, musical instruments, ivory products, handicrafts, paintings on tribal life etc. 
Open: Saturday - Thursday, 10.00 a.m. - 4.00p.m. 
Closed: Friday & Public Holidays.


Museums in urban areas


Bangladesh National Museum, Museum of Science and Technology, National Art Gallery (Shilpakala Academy), Folk Heritage Museum (Bangla Academy), Lalbagh Fort Museum, Postal Museum, Zainul Abedin Shishu Chitrasala, Museum of Geological Survey of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industry Corporation Design Centre Gallery of Textiles, Ceramics and Handicrafts, Children's Museum (Shishu Academy), Dhaka Nagar Jadughar, Muktijuddha Jadughar, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Smriti Jadughar, Police Museum



Ethnological Museum, Forest Research Institute Museum, Chittagong University Museum, Zia Smriti Museum, Fisheries Museum.  



Varendra Research Museum, Varendra Academy Collectors, Shahid Smriti Sangrahashala, Rajshahi University


Mymensingh Museum, Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala


Zila Parishad Museum


Fisheries Museum

Cox's Bazar

Fisheries Museum


Rammala Museum


Dinajpur Museum


Faridpur Museum


Kushtia Museum


Kishoreganj Museum


Rangpur Museum


Tribal Cultural Institute


Hasan Raja Museum


Museums in non-urban areas



Upajatya Cultural Academy Museum (Near Mymensingh)


Archaeological Site Museum (Near Comilla), Liberation War Museum


Bangladesh Folk Art Museum (Near Dhaka)


Lalan Museum (Near Kushtia)


Kuthibari Memorial Museum (Near Kushtia)


Archaeological Site Museum (Near Bogra)


Kacharibari Memorial Museum (Near Pabna)


Chalanbil Museum


Archaeological Site Museum